I have full bingo sheet of submissions, and X's right down the middle column.
But my latest rejection came as no surprise.
I found a typo after I hit send.
Now before I go on, shameless plug for my IWSG peeps. We (well, they – I'll explain later) write blogs on the first Wednesday of every month about our writing insecurities, sometimes with a prompt, sometimes just from the heart (like me this month). This month's prompt was:
Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?
OK, shameless plug over.
Back to my typos.
There was one on my home page, by the way. I finally found it
after YEARS of hunting.
Some kind reader told me there was one, even hinted that it was in my “Not” Poem,
But I couldn't find it.
Until I finally did.
I couldn't believe it took me so long!
Typos in comments, texts, and even social media posts (unless you can fix them) are forgivable. We all have annoying built-in auto-corrects that somehow turn our perfectly understandable texts into “auto car-wrecks”
Sorry, that pun typo was on purpose.
But typos in Websites (especially Homepages), business emails, manuscripts and most importantly QUERIES are unforgivable.
Nope. No do-overs. No undoes. No saving grace.
No, “Sorry, that last one had a typo. Actually, just read this one.”
And guess what my last submission had.
You know it, a typo.
Now I'll never know if the agent rejected because of the manuscript or because of the typo.
I'll never know-
Oh, Shut Up!
Um, excuse me? Who are you?
I'm your invisible blogger friend who sometimes interjects in your blog posts
and I am Sick.Of.You.
Well, not you, exactly, but your complaining!
Listen, how many agents do you have in your database?
And how many of them can you still query?
So why are you sitting here blogging about one silly typo, when you don't even know if that's why you got rejected?
OK, you have a good point.
Now, get back out there in the query trenches, and Submit, Submit, SUBMIT!
(But not right now. It's after 10pm. You always put in typos when you submit after 10.)
What about you, Dear Reader?
Do you ever find typos after you've submitted something? Do you beat yourself up over it?
Do you have an imaginary friend kick you in the butt and tell you get back in the query trenches? Anybody? Only me?
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